Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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feather fan
  • unknown Hopi maker
  • feather fan, late 1800s–1963
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • eagle feathers?, cornhusks, pigment, wire, string, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 32 x 25.8 x 5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 5/8 x 10 3/16 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7115.05

The fan is made from six white and dark brown striped feathers. The quills are wrapped with corn husks. The base is wrapped with red string and a downy area of feathers is wrapped with red wire to hold the feathers in the fan shape. The feathers are rubbed with red pigment.